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Bryan Preston


May 7, 2014 - 10:10 am

Hillary Clinton has made comments that are sure to come back to haunt her if she runs for president. The former top diplomat used some very undiplomatic language to assail what she calls the “gun culture” — which is a myth to be explained in a bit — and suggests that at some point Americans will have to acquiesce to have our Second Amendment rights curbed.

Clinton waded into the polarizing issue of gun politics during an appearance at the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, pointing to recent shootings that involved teens who had been playing loud music and chewing gum and a separate incident involving the typing of text messages in a movie theater.

“I think again we’re way out of balance. I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime,” Clinton said. “And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. And I think you can say that and still support the right of people to own guns.”

Clinton told attendees at the mental health conference that “at the rate we’re going, we’re going to have so many people with guns everywhere, fully licensed, fully validated” in settings like movie theaters where shootings have arisen over seemingly mundane things like loud gum chewing or cellphone use.

“That’s what happens in the countries I’ve visited where there is no rule of law and no self-control and that is something that we cannot just let go without paying attention,” she said.

What countries are those? Bosnia, where Clinton dishonestly claimed to have come under sniper fire? There was a war on there.

It’s ironic of a Clinton to mention “self-control.”

All 50 states now have concealed carry permit laws, in some cases because courts now read the Second Amendment for what it is — an expression of the civil right to self-defense. A few states have open carry laws. When concealed and open carry laws were first proposed, many on the left predicted that such laws would lead to gunfights over traffic disputes becoming commonplace. Those predictions have not come to pass. Passing concealed and open carry laws has coincided with an overall decline in violent crime.

Clinton’s comments come at a time when, despite headline-generating shootings that dominate news cycles for weeks, violent crime is actually on a long-term decline. Gun violence is also down. More murders are committed in America each year using blunt objects like baseball bats and common objects like knives than rifles. Handguns figure in many murders, but those are overwhelmingly either crimes of passion committed by perpetrators who know their victims, or are gang related. Gang violence tends to be a consequence of turf wars between rival drug networks. Yet Clinton can be counted among those politicians who prefer not to secure the US border with Mexico, across which much of the drug trade is conducted and at which much of that traffic could be choked off. Clinton would prefer to attack her fellow Americans who happen to own guns and abide by the law.

The “gun culture” that Clinton and others consistently criticize is largely a myth. Millions of Americans own guns, and that’s the extent of what they have in common with each other. The culture Clinton is actually assailing, a culture in which petty disputes are settled by violence, tends to live in urban areas where police are distrusted, fatherlessness is rampant and school drop-out rates are high — and gun control laws tend to be the most restrictive.

But Clinton chooses not to direct her criticism at the fragmentation of the family or at drug gangs and a lawless border. If you own a gun even for hunting or self-defense in your home, Hillary Clinton chooses to criticize you.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Mental health is the avenue to gun confiscation..
Politicians and media push gun control in a dishonest manner..

American Psychiatric Asso: Half of Americans are mentally ill..

300,000,000 prescriptions for psychiatric drugs written in 2009 alone..
ngpharma article was Erased....

Hillary should begin by disarming her security....

42 weeks ago
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Hillary didn't lose any gunowner votes with her statement. 0-0=0.
42 weeks ago
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"I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime,”

Straw man, if ever there was one. I can't carry in a post office (although I might need one more there -- remember what "going postal" means?); I can't carry near a school, even if I live next door to one; and so on, and so forth.

And hardly anybody is claiming that "anybody" can have a gun. The NRA has come out strongly in favor of limiting firearm access to the mentally ill and to violent felons.

I don't imagine Hillary herself would ever have trouble getting a firearm license -- not that she needs one, being under Secret Service protection for the rest of her life. But she's one person I would NOT trust with a firearm. Even without one, she left her own employees to die and shrugged it off.

She is the Butcher of Benghazi... and she is the LAST person we should listen to on the subject of personal security!
42 weeks ago
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Buh Bye,Hillary.
42 weeks ago
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Gosh, I agree with Cankles in one very limited case: Vince Foster might still be alive if it weren't for guns...
42 weeks ago
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There is speculation that Elizabeth Warren may run as the "progressive" candidate to counter Hillary.

This is the usual laughable assumption that Hillary Clinton represents a "moderate" view, which is utterly false. HillaryCare was the template for Obamacare, NOT Romneycare. Like Obama, Hillary has strong radical roots which she has not abandoned, and has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood like Obama. She also tried to sabotage Honduras when that country threw out their power-abusing leftist president.

She is a radical who hides it better than Obama.
42 weeks ago
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Well, Bryan...I think she is someone to listen to on the dangers of letting guns and other dangerous weapons get into the wrong hands.

Clinton and Holder and Obama can lecture us all on the dangers of reckless policies that cause murders in the hundreds at a time when guns are run into the hands of drug cartels or Al Qaeda splinter groups.

Not that any of those murdered, tortured or maimed at this point matter, but the "transparency" needed in examining gun policies should most definitely be set by example.

A mentally unstable white, suburban high schooler might go on a rampage and cause 1/100000000 of the gun violence that happens every day in gang infested and jihad inspired organized mayhem.

Clinton, Obama and Holder want a "culture" of violence to exploit. They have been pretty good at getting the guns into the hands of those most inclined to give them all the murders they want. If only they weren't so shy about taking credit for these examples. Let's help the three of them come out of their shells.
42 weeks ago
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She's following Nixon's Dictum.

"Run to the right to get the nomination, run to the center to win the election."

The hard left is making noises about wanting Warren or Sanders to run, because Hillary is too "centrist" for their taste. She's throwing them some red meat. They know what she means.

What she really wants, of course, is total gun confiscation, but she knows she can't say that right now.

42 weeks ago
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“I think again we’re way out of balance. I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime,”

Straw man argument first of all. Anyway, this is to appeal to the base. She will need them to fend off any potential challengers in 2016. It's to steal the ground out from the likes of O'Malley (MD gov who is fiercely anti-2nd amendment) and Warren (Prog/far Left darling of the moment).
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